Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Change Is Coming To Gold City

From Gold City's email newsletter of January 7, 2013


It’s the first Gold City e-newsletter of 2013! We hope your Christmas was memorable and you rang in the new year with those you love the most. After a much needed vacation to spend the holidays with our families, Gold City is now back at it, out on the road, sharing the Good News through best music in the world–Southern Gospel Music!

We celebrated the New Year in Ringgold, GA with Appointed, who made us feel so welcome. We had a wonderful time with these guys. We’ve had several dates with our friend and concert promoter, Bill Bailey, doing concerts in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The last couple of weeks, we’ve sang with some of our best friends and peers of the industry, Jeff And Sheri Easter, the Kingsmen, Triumphant, Hoppers, and Perrys. You never know what may happen when we’re with our fellow groups in concert. Just one example is Tim Riley gettin’ down on Shoutin’ Time with the Hoppers, much to the delight of the enthusiastic audience. And besides the fun we have on stage, we were guests at the home of Jeff and Sheri the morning of December 29th, following our concert in Bessemer, AL. What more do you need than a good cup of coffee and some great conversation? A trip to a catfish house with all the Easters for lunch. Fun times with great friends! A big thanks to Jeff and Sheri for their generous hospitality! To bring you up to date, we finished up this past weekend in Bagdad, FL and headed the bus for home on Sunday evening, thankful for a safe and exciting first week of another year of getting to tell the story of Jesus.


For those who haven’t heard the news, last week Dan Keeton resigned his position as tenor with Gold City. The following is the official press release of his departure and the group’s search for replacement: Gold City formally announces that Dan Keeton will be leaving the group to pursue a longtime dream of working with victims of child abuse. This leaves open the tenor position, and Gold City has begun the search for Dan’s successor. Dan, in an open letter to Gold City fans and friends, says, "Many of you know my testimony of child abuse, the divorce of my parents, and my daddy’s alcoholism. I have recently been given an opportunity to start a non-profit organization using music and arts to inspire child victims of abuse. I am so excited but also heavy-hearted. Opening this door means I will have to leave Gold City. I can honestly say I love the Rileys so much. Tim and Danny are like family to me. Chuck, Bryan, and Jerry are so easy going and fun to be around that I will dearly miss being on the bus with such fine Christian gentlemen. I will always be grateful for my time here, and ask everyone to pray that Gold City finds the best replacement possible and that the transition is a smooth one." Daniel Riley says, "We support Dan 100 percent in this new chapter of his life. We believe God has given him this opportunity to go into this new ministry. Dan has personally dealt with child abuse, and we believe his passion is for helping others in this area. He has our blessing and prayers as he leaves to encourage and enrich the lives of others in this special calling. Dan has agreed to stay on with Gold City and continue his role as our tenor until a replacement can be found." For those interested in applying for the tenor position with Gold City, demos and resumes will be accepted via email form to tenorauditions@me.com.


With Christmas having been celebrated just a few weeks ago, a couple of the guys shared Christmas memories that are definitely worth repeating. Our sound engineer, Chuck Howe, recalls Christmas Eve 1999, when he and his wife, Anjeanette, brought their baby girl, Sydney, home from the hospital. That’s a pretty great Christmas present. But Jerry Pelfrey’s favorite memories are a bit different. He shares, " I’ll never forget finding my drum set in my dad’s closet two days before Christmas when I was ten. But one of the funniest memories was when I was in 8th grade. My sister was dating this guy, and his mother sent us all presents from Texas. We were home alone one night and bored, so we steamed open all the packages. They were jogging suits. So, we mixed them all up and re-wrapped them. We got into so much trouble on Christmas morning, because his mother made a surprise visit!"


We have some special events coming up that we want to make sure you know about. This Saturday, January 12th, we’ll be in Fort Payne, AL at The Pickin’ Post theater. Next weekend, it’s a big concert on Friday, January 18th at the Grand Theater in Fitzgerald, GA with our friends Triumphant Quartet, Perrys, and Karen Peck and New River. On January 29th, we’re headed to Trinity Music City in Nashville, TN for a special concert event. Then, Tuesday, February 5th, the Manatee Convention Center in Palmetto, FL is the place to be for a huge night of gospel music during the week-long Winter Gospel Music Convention. The night we’re there, we will share the stage with The Freemans, Tony Gore, Jeff and Sheri Easter, and the Mark Trammell Quartet. We’d love to see you at these or any other of our concerts. Check out all the details of our full schedule at www.goldcityqt.com.


“I do not advise that we end the year on a somber note. The march, not the dirge, has ever been the music of Christianity. If we are good students in the school of life, there is much that the years have to teach us. But the Christian is more than a student, more than a philosopher. He is a believer, and the object of his faith makes the difference, the mighty difference. Of all persons the Christian should be best prepared for whatever the New Year brings. He has dealt with life at its source. In Christ he has disposed of a thousand enemies that other men must face alone and unprepared. He can face his tomorrow cheerful and unafraid because yesterday he turned his feet into the ways of peace and today he lives in God. The man who has made God his dwelling place will always have a safe habitation.” -A.W. Tozer


That’s a question Gold City gets asked frequently. And the honest answer is because we’ve not received an invitation. So, if you know of a church or concert promoter, let them know you want Gold City to perform at their next event and then have them contact our booking agency at www.bsaworld.com. It’s as easy as that. We hope to see you in concert in your area very soon!


For our full schedule or more information, please visit www.bsaworld.com
Saturday, 1/12 Ft Payne, AL 6pm The Pickin' Post 2920 Greenhill Blvd NW
Sunday, 1/13 Fairdale, KY 10:30am Harvest Baptist Church 9205 Brown Austin Rd
Sunday 1/13 Nashville, TN 6:15pm Tusculum Hills Baptist 4930 Nolensville Rd
Thursday, 1/17 Montgomery, AL 7pm Beacon Of Hope Church of God 1045 Coliseum Blvd
Friday, 1/18 Fitzgerald, GA 7:30pm Grand Theater 119 Main St South
Tuesday, 1/29 Hendersonville, TN 7pm Trinity Music City 1 Music Village Blvd

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